Re: Debian installation
This is a [bug|feature] of fdisk that has existed at least since
my first Slackware installation over a year ago. If a disk has more
than 1024 cylinders, the 'Begin' column will never exceed 1024, but
the 'Start' column reflects the true starting cylinder. The 'Begin'
column may be ignored for all practical purposes. The 'v' command
(verify the partition table) will complain vigorously in such cases,
but its complaints may be safely ignored.
For reasons that are probably related to this behavior, if you
want to change the size of a partition that extends beyond 1024
cylinders, you must first delete all partitions that are in the 1024+
cylinder range. If the starting and ending cylinders are recorded
before the deletion, they can be re-created during the same session
(before the 'w' command is given).
On Tue, 18 Feb 97 12:02 PST, Bruce Perens <email@example.com> wrote:
> OK - I went back a few messages and you did show us your partition table.
> > Boot Begin Start End Blocks System
> > /dev/hda1 * 1 1 163 82120+ Linux native
> > /dev/hda2 164 164 244 40824 Linux swap
> > /dev/hda3 245 245 1260 512064 Linux native
> > /dev/hda4 1024 1261 2484 616896 Extended
> Am I reading this right? Could the extended partition in hda3 be
> overlapping the one in hda4? I see hda3 ending at 1260 and hda4
> beginning at 1024. I think the problem is that I don't understand
> extended partitions, and thus I don't see what the difference is
> between "begin" and "start".
> > /dev/hda5 1024 1261 1870 307408+ Linux native
> > /dev/hda6 1024 1871 2484 309424+ Linux native
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